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Garden Aesthetics Pt II

  • Subject: Garden Aesthetics Pt II
  • From: gw1944@vermontel.net (Glen Williams)
  • Date: Thu, 19 Jun 2003 11:37:01 -0400

                               Garden Aesthetics Part II

I have NOW seen several of you profess the idea  that each of your hostas
(plants) should have its own spot . That each plant is located with
inviolate space around it, with its name tag undisguised by foliage . I'll
bet you use those special expensive name tags that are engraved on ersatz
wood grain tags too. I'll bet you plan and plant your hostas like an art
museum director hangs a treasured show.   No leaf on one will touch
another, nor the shadow of any plant cast a pall on the beauty of the other
plants. Each plant/painting is an island unto itself.


I am here to say NAY to your anally retentive approach. NAY to the control
freak that you have become. NAY, to the aesthetic that turns a garden into
a museum.


My hostas deserve to be free to mingle, to cohabit, to come and go, to
caress and touch, to create, to procreate,  to grow and commune in a
natural environment.  Don't your hostas deserve the same?  . As a gardener
how can you know the subtle pleasure and feel the tingle when  seeing a
heart-shaped gold  leaf brush by and cross the path of a blue corrugated
beauty? Would you pin that butterfly to a cork and put it on your shelf in
a glass jay as a trophy of the hunt? The toads deserve a home. Crickets
and other small creatures of the night (voles and moles) need cover for
their work. A real home. Your garden should not be a golf course with a
plant/hosta on each green and neatly manicured lawns between.  Are YOU a
specimen? Or do you belong in the real world where you touch and are
touched in return. Where life is conflict, battles and survival. Where on a
good day you are part of a whole  which surpasses the order of any row.
Eden was not about order, but a state of mind. Of course we know what
happened there.  Adam  insisted on name tags and  Eve was sure she had the
perfect place for each plant.

If you can resist this powerful aesthetic principal which I have spelled
out, I have a final set of killer questions for you.

1. How can one get 1,400 hostas into less than an acre and not have them touch?

2. How can you keep the weeds down if you allow all that space among your

3. What fun is it if visitors to your garden can find the name tags?

4. If you can't misplace at least 20 hostas a year , what is life about?

 Life is a jungle out there. You might just as well give in to it. Let the
beast in you out into your jungle. Let it prowl in the undergrowth and
discover just how bloody in tooth an claw nature  really is /was: even in
Darwin's little patch of ground on the moor. DO YOU REALLY THINK YOU ARE IN

"Can devolution be far behind?" Geraldo Rivera
Glen Williams
20 Dewey St.
Springfield , Vermont
Tel: 802-885-2839 

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